Gerry tells the story of his journey to empowerment through comedy:
How stand-up comedians can teach us priceless skills for life and work
People think that all comedians do is be funny and make people laugh – but this is only a fraction of the story.
Stand-up comedians demonstrate a truly amazing skill-set. They are courageous, inventive, engaging, and daring. They live life on the edge. They expose themselves and their vulnerability, and the source of their comedy is themselves and their lives. They are incredible communicators. When disaster strikes, they can often turn it into triumph. Sometimes they fail, and die on stage – but they’ll be up there for the next show, when they may well be storming it. Wouldn’t it be great if you could be inspired by them to apply some of these attributes at will in your life and work?
Gerry doing stand-up at Brighton Comedy Festival:
Gerry Thompson makes up a spontaneous song about the amazingness of life, with poorly executed self accompaniment on ukelele, just messing about…
It’s my belief that humour is one of the greatest agents we have for good in this world. Humour is vital to human life, and probably always has been. It is timeless, and occurs in all cultures. Yet there is always something about it that remains mysterious and elusive. Please join me in taking a look into humour’s positive and constructive potential – and its mystery. [Read more…]
The stand-up comedian’s striking use of spontaneity and ability to be improvisational have a lot to do with the capacity to function fully in the present moment. Let’s look into how we too might benefit if we were able to apply this principle in our own lives. [Read more…]
Hong Kong RTV filmed our classic DIY comedy workshop: here are some extracts….
“Most of my life I don’t have much fun, and the rest of the time I don’t have any fun at all” – Woody Allen
Perhaps the most immediate kind of disaster which one thinks of in connexion with comedians is when a performance going wrong – that proverbial ‘dying on your a*s’. But the topic we’re going to look at in this chapter goes a great deal further than that – learning from all the ways that comedians use their art to address the nastier stuff that happens in life. This attribute, I suggest, represents the greatest and most potentially transformative learning opportunity that comedians offer us. [Read more…]
Positive Comedy contacts can get half price tickets for the Bylines Festival, on June 2-4 in Ashdown Forest….
Theme: “Think, laugh and change the world!”
with 60 live music acts includiong The Blow Monkeys
and comedy from John Cleese, Lenny Henry, Hardeep Singh Kholi and others
plus comedy workshops from Gerry Thompson and Positive Comedy
To pay £75 instead of £150 for the whole festival, use code COMFEST when booking here
“A lot of people are afraid of heights. Not me; I’m afraid of widths” – laconic US stand-up comedian Stephen Wright
Perhaps the single most commonly admired attribute of stand-up comedians is their demonstration of courage and management of fear – preparedness to stand alone in front of an unknown, potentially hostile, and sometimes huge audience – risking failure: not amusing them, not being liked, being heckled or boo-ed off. This is a visceral and quite fundamental fear, which feels like it’s about one’s very survival. Not for nothing is a bad comedy experience on stage termed ‘dying on your *ss’. [Read more…]
Gerry Thompson continues his Diary of a Pedant series of vlogs with a diatribe about people who go on about how amazingly unexpected everything is in life, and launches his ground-breaking theory about how the unexpected is more to be expected than the expected….
Gerry Thompson describes the extraordinary power and value of being able to live in the present moment
Gerry Thompson offers nine powerful things you can learn from stand-up comedians in order to be a better, more confident and more impactful presenter or public speaker. This video was recorded at Amex Stadium, Brighton.
A longer version of this video clip, with more detail on each learning point, can be found here
In the latest of his series of video blogs on really annoying stuff, Gerry Thompson expresses his unappreciation for cooks who are not as humble as they try to make out
….a practical learning event in Brighton UK
Tuesday January 17th
hosted by Brighton and Hove Chamber of Commerce
book a place here
Would you like to be more confident and capable in using humour as a powerful tool in the world of work and business?
Humour is widely recognised as one of the most influential aspects of human communication; used wisely, it can transform you ability to win people over, win business, and enjoy your professional life a lot more.
With humour, you can add impact to your message. You can put people at ease, engage with them and win them over. You will be remembered. Mastery of humour can hugely increase your personal and professional confidence. Humour can disperse tension or anxiety, and make difficult subjects easier to address. Having the possibility of humour is just about essential.
In this high-practical, hands-one workshop, you’ll learn how to start using humour, or hone your existing humour skills. You’ll gain an understanding of the working principles of humour and then apply them in whichever business settings you find most challenging, such as presentations, networking or meetings.
Think you’re just not funny? Don’t worry, we know how to help with that one….
For further details and to book, go here
Gerry Thompson is again comedy facilitator for Brighton charity Carousel’s ten week comedy course for those with learning disability, starting in the new year.
To book a place or get details, contact Dave Lavis at Carousel
Gerry Thompson describes 9 ways that you can learn from the methods of stand-up comedians in order to be a more confident and impactful presenter
Linguistic influence of the German economy
The European Commission has just announced an agreement whereby English will be the official language of the European Union rather than German, which was the other possibility.
As part of the negotiations, the British Government conceded that English spelling had some room for improvement and has accepted a 5- year phase-in plan that would become known as “Euro-English”. [Read more…]
Gerry Thompson will be giving a presentation on “Top tips for confident speaking and presenting from stand-up comedy” at the Juice Brighton Breakfast Club on Friday morning September 16th.
The event is at the Amex football stadium in Falmer.
Book your place at the business breakfast here
Leading DIY comedy workshops for kids at festivals this summer has reminded me how amazing these young beings are, and what a joy it is to run such activities for them.
How much freer they are than we adults are! They’re really up for the comedy activities – they’re unselfconscious, they don’t think about the risk, they live in the present moment, they’re less inhibited, they’re perpetually creative. It’s a big lesson for all of us.
Wouldn’t it be great, too, if our children could proceed to teenage-hood and adulthood, and still have this ‘freedom’…….?
Irish standup comedian Gerry Thompson relates the challenges of being More British
Gerry Thompson is comedy facilitator for Carousel’s Punchlines comedy course for people with a learning disability, supporting participants in creating comedy sketches with are recorded and broadcast on Carousel.
This is one of the 2015 sketches, a spoof horror movie trailer.
The next Punchlines courses is in January 2015: if you’re interested in joining it, contact us
Gerry Maguire Thompson
Gerry is author of Cats are from Venus, Dogs are from Mars, a parody of intimate human relationship (Godsfield Press)
1) Highly effective cats don’t need to be doing stuff all the time [Read more…]
Gerry Thompson’s stand-up spot berating people who just can’t get language right
Lessons for life: learning from comedians
Most people think that professional stand-up comedians are depressed or jaded individuals who use dysfunctionality to drive their art. My view is otherwise – but either way, I believe that we can learn a great deal about how to deal with life from observing their methods. Let’s look first at the qualities for which stand-up comedians are admired, to see what inspiration this offers. [Read more…]
Stand-up comedians are amazing exemplars of the art of presentation, in probably the most challenging of all public speaking situations: alone on stage for an extended time with an audience that may become hostile, with no agenda or content other than what arises from their own individuality, and with an expectation to be liked and to reliably entertain the audience and make them laugh. [Read more…]